is a fellowship of men and women who share their
experience, strength and hope with each other so that
they may solve their common problem and help others to
recover from their addiction. The only requirement for
membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all
other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or
fees for membership; we are fully self supporting
through our own contributions. We are not allied with
any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or
institution. We do not wish to engage in any controversy
and we neither endorse nor oppose any causes. Our
primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all
other mind-altering substances, and to help others
achieve the same freedom.
We use the Twelve Step
Recovery Program, because it has already been proven
that the Twelve Step Recovery Program works."
C.A.'s Purpose: C.A. is concerned solely
with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of
individual drug addicts who turn to our Fellowship for
help. We do not engage in the fields of drug addiction
research, medical or psychiatric treatment, drug
education, or propaganda in any form -- although members
may participate in such activities as individuals.
Cocaine Anonymous is open to all persons
who state a desire to stop using cocaine, including
"crack" cocaine, as well as all other mind-altering
substances. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Our expenses are supported by the voluntary
contributions of our members -- we respectfully decline
all outside contributions. We are not allied with any
sect, denomination, politics, organization or
Our program of recovery was adapted from
the program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935.
Like AA (with which we are not affiliated), we use the
Twelve Step recovery method, which involves service to
others as a path towards recovery from addiction. We
feel that one addict talking to another can provide a
level of mutual understanding and fellowship that is
hard to obtain through other methods. The fact that an
individual has recovered from their addiction, and is
freely passing this experience on to the next person, is
a powerful message for someone who is desperately
searching for an answer to their own addiction. There
emerges a bond among us that transcends all other social
boundaries. We hold regular meetings to further this
fellowship, and to allow new members to find us and,
perhaps, the answers they seek.
Cocaine Anonymous began in Los Angeles in
1982, and has since expanded throughout the United
States and Canada, with groups now forming in Europe.
Our literature is available in English, French, and
Spanish and our first book "Hope, Faith and Courage:
Stories from the Fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous" was
published in 1994. As of 1996, we estimated our
membership at 30,000 members in over 2,000 groups.
Cocaine Anonymous is a Fellowship of, by,
and for cocaine addicts seeking recovery. Friends and
family of cocaine addicts should contact Co-Anon Family
Groups, a Fellowship dedicated to their much different